Friday, April 11, 2014

Applique Slow Style

Two and a half weeks ago, my hand looked like this.
Swollen and bandaged after hand surgery for carpal tunnel.  Actually, I had two procedures done on the hand.  The second was to keep two fingers from locking.  The bandage came off after three days.  I spent ten days with my arm elevated as much as I could and doing a hand exercise to try to make a fist.  I read two books, watched a lot of television, surfed the web, and did jigsaw puzzles to try and entertain myself.  I got bored after several days of doing that.  Now my fingers are doing well but I still have a bit of swelling in one and it does not want to straighten all the way.  My hand is still sore but getting better each day.

I am able to do some applique but it was pretty slow for three or four days.  Now I have picked up some speed but can not do it for long periods of time.  Here are the two blocks I have completed.
They are part of a quilt that I am making called "Sweet Grace" which is designed by Jan Patek.

I am able to use a rotary cutter a little bit but no marathon cutting for sure!  I have lots of projects that are prepped and waiting for stitching.  Yesterday was the first day I used the sewing machine.  And I limited my time doing that.  The doctor said it would be about three months before my full grip returns.  I find myself opening the fridge and the car door with my opposite hand.  It is hard for me to slice a banana.  Odd what bothers my hand and what doesn't.

Come back for a visit soon.  I will have more to share with you before long.
Karen

50 comments:

WoolenSails said...

I am glad you are feeling better and can use your hand a bit. Rotary cutting is tough on my hand and arm.

Debbie

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Alrighty! You are recovering. I rarely sew more than 15-30 minutes at a time anyway.

Martha said...

It sounds like you're making progress every day. I'm surprised you can stitch this soon after surgery, and the blocks look great. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Loris said...

It's hard to be sidelined but you are smart to take it easy and let your hand heal well. Your new header is lovely.
Hope your back to happily stitching soon!

Loris said...

It's hard to be sidelined but you are smart to take it easy and let your hand heal well. Your new header is lovely.
Hope your back to happily stitching soon!

Lori said...

A slow recovery is still recovery. Glad you are able to do a little sewing.

Janet O. said...

Been wondering how you were doing. It is good to "see" you again.
I have to smile every time you post about a Jan Patek design. Shouldn't she be paying you for all of the advertising you do? : )
Those are very pretty blocks and I bet it feels good to get back to your favorite activity!

cucki said...

Get well soon dear
Hugs x

belarmina said...

Recuperarse paso a paso eso es lo importante!!!
Añoraba tus entradas y tus trabajos.
Me alegro que ya puedas coser un poco
Buen fin de semana
saludos

Kaaren said...

You are blessed to be able to do even a little sewing and stitching so soon after your surgery. Take it slow and easy and you'll be back to your old "habits" in no time.

QuiltSue said...

Poor you. Get well soon.

Diane said...

quick healing for your hand
love the two blocks you have there and the spring header as well!

Mad about Craft said...

Take it slow, it isn't worth pushing too hard. It is very frustrating but taking a long term view is sooo worth it.

Enjoy what sewing you can do!

Take care.

moosecraft said...

Ouch! That looks painful! I'm glad the worse of it is behind you now! Beautiful applique blocks!

Me and My Stitches said...

Yikes! Glad you are healing, but I'm sure it feels like it's taking forever. I'm really impressed that you have been able to stitch and cut! I bet it won't be long and you will be flying through the projects again!

Robin C said...

I had hand surgery in January to fix trigger finger in left ring finger and thumb plus remove cyst in thumb. I can now make pretty good fist. Now wrists hurt so hope it goes away. Have to work on computer all day.

Good luck with your healing. Just massage the wounds and work with movements. It does get better.

Dixie said...

Glad your hand is healing so quickly, Karen! I know how hard it must be not to be able to see for a while, but glad you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Cheryl said...

Hope the hand continues to mend! We all know how you enjoy applique!

Juliann in WA said...

Hope your healing goes well.

Julierose said...

Glad you are healing, Karen. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for a "hand" stitcher. I am happy to hear that you are taking it slow and easy--my thoughts go out to you...hugs, Julierose

Yvette said...

Get better soon! It's good to see you can sew, even if it is slow.

Jo said...

Good that you are on the mend, altho slow, progress will happen. Bear hugs

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Recovery is such a frustrating process, but as long as you're making progress, that's good. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

paulette said...

Oh Karen!! Poor YOU!! But you are on the mend getting better with each passing day!! And your speed with stitching will pick up...and before you know it, with new and improved hand, you will be even FASTER and more accurate with your stitches! Sounds good doesn't it?!! Hang in there! Keep smiling!
P

Barb said...

Hope your recovery speeds up for you, but at least you can do a little sewing in the meantime.

Sue said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery so that you can get back to what you love to do

Janet said...

You've managed to make some lovely blocks. I hope you continue to steadily recover :0)

Rebecca said...

So glad to hear that your are on the mend! It is hard, but take it slow. Lovely blocks!!

Rosa said...

Get well soon and glad you are better!!

quiltsbycheri said...

Good to hear you are mending well, it is difficult for us stitchers to sit with idle hands for long.....little by little, day by day.....soon you will cranking again I have no doubt!

Anne said...

Glad to hear you're heading in the right direction. I've missed you!

The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

From friends I have known to have this surgery it's well worth it. Here's to a rapid recovery and back to plenty of stitching!

Karen said...

So sorry to hear your news. Get well soon and do what the doc says!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Sounds like your making good progress, just be patient and I am sure you will be so happy you had the surgery.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Ah those pesky issues....SO Glad to see you are getting some stitching time in. It is interesting what bothers and doesn't! You still are faster than me with on hand behind your back....so to speak!
Carrie

Quilting Moesje said...

Get well soon!


I'm looking forward too see the next projects you want to show us :0))

Simone

Carmen y Prady said...

Karen, Dios mio, espero que estes mejor de tu mano y te recuperes bien. A pesar de no poder has hecho dos bloques preciosos.
Un beso y mejorate

Nancy said...

It is so hard to be patient. Don’t push yourself we don’t want a relapse.

Marie said...

Hey there, so glad your recovering so well. It does take time(which I wanted to go faster).Don't overdue and know your in thought. Hugs, Marie

Miriam said...

Heal swiftly Karen. Take care.

Jennie in GA said...

Good to see you stitching again!

Aunt 'Reen said...

2 beautiful blocks Karen!
I'm amazed you were able to stitch these so quickly after surgery! You are one determined quilter! ;)
Happy to hear you are making steady progress toward healing. I've heard it's a slow recovery process. I wish you continued improvement and a full recovery.

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

Just make sure you do what the Dr. orders or you will end up with a sore hand like me. Those blocks look great. D.G. L

Anonymous said...

Wow Karen! Just look at your comments of well wishes! You are so loved! Hugs!

julieQ said...

Karen, I check your blog every morning just to see what you are up to...and now I see!! I sure hope you heal very quickly!!

Kellie from Indiana said...

I sympathize. With decades typing and then of course the multitude of different crafts I suffer carpal tunnel as well. Haven't had surgery but Ive worn braces and have had days where my hands are locked or my fingers are numb and tingle. I go to a chiropractor now. Dont know if Ill ever have surgery. Get well!

Mª Alba said...

M'alegra saber que ja estas recuperada.
Bona Setmana Santa !!!

Carrie P. said...

glad to hear you are making progress. I would be bored too if I couldn't do some hand work. Take care and hope your recovery continues to progress. Hugs!

Gari in AL said...

How great you could get the help you needed. How awful that you have to slow down and limit your work and play time. And how great that, with time, you will be up and at 'em again. I recently had to learn that "slow down and be happy with what you CAN do" thing, a very good lesson for us all. Get well soon!

Lorraine said...

Good to see you are on the mend and can do some stitching! I recently had some time recovering from surgery and found I got bored with daytime TV really quickly. Take care and I hope you are fully recovered soon!